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    Rutledge Announces Two Men Sentenced to a Total of 50 Years for Child Exploitation


    November 19, 2018

    Says, ‘I am committed to getting these predators out of our neighborhoods and off the internet’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man has been sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges. An Izard County man has also been sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges. Each arrest was initiated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

    Christopher Williams, 29, of Little Rock, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

    Steven Eldridge, 64, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

    “The Cyber Crimes Unit at the Attorney General’s office works diligently to protect Arkansas children and families,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the partnerships across the State to protect our children and ensure these dangerous criminals are brought to justice. I am committed to getting these predators out of our neighborhoods and off the internet.”

    Williams was arrested in 2017 after a search was executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed as special deputy prosecutors by 6th Judicial District Prosecutor Larry Jegley. Judge Barry Sims sentenced Williams in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

    Eldridge was arrested earlier this year after a search was executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed as special deputy prosecutors by 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer. Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Eldridge in Izard County Circuit Court.

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